PreK3, PreK4, & Kinder
We use an early literacy website called Storyline Online with grades PreK3 through Kinder. Students watch and listen to a semi-animated read aloud and do comprehension activities on the computer that build on their fine motor/mouse skills.
The Scholastic bi-weekly reader, Clifford’s My Big World, is also used as an interactive social/emotional enrichment activity.
In the 2nd semester we introduce keyboarding through fun games on ABCya.com.
1st – 3rd
Keyboarding is a priority! Using the proper technique aligns with TEKs standards and it is the cornerstone for all future projects in the technology classroom.
Technology Applications such as Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word, and Excel are introduced. Students also learn about Digital Citizenship and how to be responsible online.
Code.org helps students enrich their logic and problem solving skills. The end result is a game they have created and can share with their friends.
3D design will be introduced in 1st grade an d vertically aligned thereafter.
4th & 5th
The Priority for 4th and 5th grade students will be Technology Applications. Aligning with TEKS standards, the goal is mastery of Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
This will be accomplished through collaboration with homeroom and other content area teachers to promote Project Based Learning.
6th – 8th
The focus for middle school is going to be on the Computer Sciences.
Coding will be introduced through different platforms like Arduino IDE, Scatch, and Marvel App Creator.
We work on engineering basics and the design process using 3D Design with Autodesk and 3D printing using our Dremel EDU 3D20 Idea Builders. We also utilize resources from the James Dyson Foundation and receive an Idea Box Project and an Engineering Box throughout the year.
We look at emerging technology and technological advancements in Virtual Reality programming and create something relevant for our community.
Students get the chance to be movie-makers. They work in teams to write, storyboard, record, and edit a movie about a Digital Citizenship Superhero.
Middle school students also enjoy some friendly competitive typing:
Top 10 Typists - 9/25/17
- Katherine 7th - 73 wpm
- Gavin 8th - 71 wpm
- Izzy 8th, & Mikayla 7th - 53 wpm
- Rose 7th - 52 wpm
- Ryan 7th - 50 wpm
- Anna 8th & Ben 8th - 49 wpm
- Bella 8th, Sam 6th, & Tyler 7th - 46 wpm
- Jeremy 7th - 44 wpm
- Emily 6th, Jeremiah 7th, Chance 8th - 43 wpm
- Tatum 7th - 42 wpm
Congratulations to those on the leader board!
Students can practice at home on typing.com. In order to be in the Top 10, students need to take a typing test on typing.com and they must use all 10 of their fingers while typing, hunting and pecking equals disqualification.
Check back for the update tomorrow!!!